An important first step in creating an inclusive culture is to understand why diversity and inclusion is beneficial in engineering: the business case is compelling.

In addition, UK engineering is facing serious skills shortages. Addressing diversity and inclusion will not only help bridge this gap, it will also help drive innovation and creativity. 

Increasing diversity in engineering means taking action to increase the representation of socially disadvantaged and disabled people, ethnic minority groups, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and other groups currently underrepresented at different points in the supply of skills into the profession.